What are Ideals? – #JusJoJan 2023

Welcome to day twenty-four of Just Jot It January for 2023. Today’s word is ideal.

I was not sure how I would address the word for today’s writing. I had a cute kitschy poem bouncing around in my head, but I could not get it to gel.

I thought I could write about all the things that were not ideal in my life or those that were. I was uninspired.

If all else fails, look up the dictionary definition! The definitions center around perfection or our idea of perfection. Still not inspired.

This made me realize I did not use the word often. It certainly is not a go-to word for me (and I do have quite a few of those!) That thought did inspire me to head to my WordPress dashboard and see how many times I used that word.

Well, folks, this blog is five years old (I have been blogging for 10+). In those five years I used the word ‘ideal’ only 17 times. Most of those uses were just as Webster had predicted — some idea of perfection.

There was one interesting paragraph I would like to share.

“This past week was my mother’s birthday. I spent the day relaxing in the quiet and just remembering. I have been missing the strong wise women in my life. Thinking back to a post I wrote earlier in the week they are a huge part of my ideological construct. They are the voice that helps truth ring through when the world would have me believe something different.”

That paragraph begs the question: Who helped formulate your ideological construct?

Have you ever searched your blog to see how often you use certain words or phrases?

Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (ideal) submitted by Astrid from A Multitude of Musings.